Design – 12ft House – Part 9

Last time we looked at entering the cabin from the side and I mentioned that I was going to keep the side entrance but also have the porch for the Master Bedroom at the end of the cabin. This time I’ll be locating the windows and doors.

The living-dining-kitchen area.

I’ll begin with the living-dining-kitchen area.  I have located the entrance to the cabin from the porch as a sliding glass door into the area in front of the dining table. This is a natural circulation area and will be a nice entrance.

To give some ventilation where people might be seated, I have put a window between the two chairs.

I did consider entering from the hallway as may of you have suggested, but the hall is a bit tight and I would like to use that wall for hooks or shaker pegs to hang coats and jackets.

Next I have located two narrow windows on either side of the fireplace for now.  I might change these to higher windows that would allow book shelves below, but that will come later.

For the eating area, I have a double window of the same width as the entrance door on the opposite wall.

Cabin Plan Part 9

The Bedroom.

I have decided to screen in the master bedroom porch, and have a 9ft. sliding door for it’s access.  The screened porch may double as a sleeping porch, and will allow for nice air flow without the risk of bugs.

Towards the closet behind the bedside table I have located a narrow window, as I have on either side of the dresser.  These windows will allow for cross ventilation of the space.

The Bathroom.

Although many think that having a window in a tub-shower is strange, it is rather nice to have natural light while in the bath when you are not bathing.  A simple shower curtain solves the water problem.

I have not looked at the window placement from the outside yet and when I do, there will be some adjustments I am sure.

Well, there you have it… an almost finished floor plan.  We should now look and the exterior views (the elevations), but before we do that, we need to figure out how tall the cabin will be, what the roof pitch is, etc.  To do that, we need to create the building section which I’ll do next time.

As always, your comments are very valuable not only to me but to the others who drop by.




  • Bonnie

    Reply Reply August 5, 2012

    For a full-time residence, could you possibly modify this plan by adding space for a stackable washer/dryer? By.switching the 5′ bathtub to a standing shower (better for retirees anyway) this would free up space to accommodate the stackable w/d, facing the shower, also removing about 2 1/2 feet from the bedroom closet, but still leaving the closet over 6′ in length. Still trying to figure out how to access attic storage over the bathroom? A rustic ladder could be built against the solid wall across from the sink area for access through the roof and could also double as decorative and/or storage shelves with baskets when not in use.

    • Andy Sheldon

      Reply Reply August 7, 2012

      Hi Bonnie… Most small stackable washer/dryers will fir in a 24″x24″ space. I like the closet idea best. Thanks for your ideas.

  • Bonnie Swain

    Reply Reply August 5, 2012

    I really like the one-story layout with these standard measurements! Great for retirees who cant navigate stairs as they once did, without giving it a second thought. Although the sliding doors are great for ventilation and lighting, could you also feature an optional 3′ door opening both places for security purposes? That option would also allow for a less contemporary elevation with a more rustic possibility, as well as leave more wall space on the bedroom porch if desired.

  • panda

    Reply Reply June 10, 2012

    In light of your posting on Natural Cooling, would you suggest putting this type of design with the bedroom on the north?

    • Andy Sheldon

      Reply Reply June 10, 2012

      Really depends on the local climate. In very hot climates, the sleeping spaces might be best on the shady side. In cooler areas, such as NH, being on the South side with a ceiling fan worked well for me.

  • Eva

    Reply Reply June 5, 2012

    12 by ? foot…

    This would not be one to trailer behind I gather.
    I like the floorplan!

  • richard silc

    Reply Reply June 5, 2012

    Andy: 10 foot walls. Dont you need volume so you dont feel cramped? Also big overhangs sort of Japanese rural house style? Also how to expand in future? Another similar wing?

  • Tom T

    Reply Reply June 2, 2012

    I really like the way the cabin design is going. Could you replace the by-pass sliding doors with out swinging French doors? Also I second screening in the front porch, Maybe extend the roof out over the porch to add an extra three seasons room depending on the location. We do have the occasional nice day in the spring and fall down here in Texas. Any idea where the HVAC and water heater are going?

    • Andy Sheldon

      Reply Reply June 2, 2012

      Hi Tom… The out-swing doors would certainly work. They would give a larger opening and if the porch was screened, there would be no need for screen doors. I am thinking that an on demand hot water heater and HVAC would go in a small loft above the kitchen, bath and closet. The area over the living and bedroom would be a vaulted ceiling.

  • lee cotten

    Reply Reply June 2, 2012

    What is the estimated cost in materials to build this great home? My wife and I are looking at down sizing and living without so much STUFF. We are Stuffed to death!!!! We are looking at getting 1 acre and building something like this 12′ home.

    Thank you

    • Andy Sheldon

      Reply Reply June 2, 2012

      Lee… Not sure yet what the material costs might be. Once I finish the design and develop the materal list, I will have a better idea.

  • John

    Reply Reply June 2, 2012

    I am concerned with the fireplace. the cabin is about thr size of a mobile home . and iI under stand you cannot put a wood stove in a moble.( fireplace)? A mobile is a good sub. for a cabin, if you can move it to your lot. A used mobile can be purchased for less than
    20k, a new one for under 30k.

    • Andy Sheldon

      Reply Reply June 2, 2012

      Since this cabin will not be mobile, there should be no problem with a fireplace under the International Residential Code (IRC).

  • Bill Uffelman

    Reply Reply June 2, 2012

    Screen the front entry porch too. We have a house 3 miles from the ocean in Delaware and the bugs love to join us every time we open the front door as the porch light is by the door. The screened porch will help as a barrier.

    Now if I just had some land in the mountains!

    Bill Uffelman

    • Andy Sheldon

      Reply Reply June 2, 2012

      Yes Bill… Good idea… especially in “black fly season”.

  • Mary Lou

    Reply Reply June 2, 2012

    Some thoughts on the kitchen dining area…… it is standard to have a four foot diameter table and four chairs, but why? I have been thinking that a three foot round table with two comfortable dining chairs makes more sense. Then if you have guests get out the folding chairs. I also was thinking it might be a good idea to have a half gateleg table that mounts to the wall then the dining can just be dropped out of the floor plan completely. Also as a woman, I don’t want to look at the kitchen. Really, really don’t want to look at the kitchen. That’s like working at a steel mill all day and having to go home and have a smelt pot in your living room. Is there a way to cover that sucker up? I saw a small cabin plan, probably twenty years ago where the kitchen fit into an over sized armoire. And why not, if it has to be in the living room, an armoire is certainly more attractive.

    • Andy Sheldon

      Reply Reply June 2, 2012

      Hi Mary Lou. Actually the table shown is 36″ diameter, which will seat 4, although not generously. For seating just 2, the classic french cafe table of 24″-30″ would be great. A gate leg table could work well, but is a bit less flexible since it is fastened to the wall. As far as hiding the kitchen… doors that fold to the side could work (accordion type)… or even a roll-down motorized shade. I did this once to hide a washer/dryer in a powder room. Thanks for your ideas.

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